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Disrespectful? August 10, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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I’ve been wondering was Arlene Foster correct when she says that Varadkar was ‘disrespectful’ by saying that he hoped Brexit would never happen. I’m not so sure she is, if only because he is expressing an opinion. Of course Brexit is almost certainly going to happen, and whatever occurs the Irish government must deal with it, but given the centrality of the process to this island it seems odd that she would wish him to keep his opinion to himself.

Not least because what else is he meant to say – that he hopes Brexit is a roaring success? How can he credibly express that line given the structural issues in regard to the Border? It would be absurd, not least given how confused and chaotic the situation in London (and to an extent Belfast) in regard to Brexit.

Indeed one would think his point also expressed in the following was central to this… “It’s up to them to say what it is, say how it would work and first of all convince their own people, their own voters, that this is actually a good idea.”

If Foster and London are so convinced that Brexit is an unalloyed good it is for them to convince others and to make the case clearly and cogently how that is. And particularly so in the instance of this island and this state. As of yet there’s precious little sign of that.

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1. An Sionnach Fionn - August 10, 2017

I was listening to Sarah McInerney on Newstalk Drive when Foster accused the Taoiseach of disrespect and the presenter sympathised with the DUP leader because Varadkar was, in her words, a “prime minister from a foreign country”.

With logic like that from southern journalists no wonder northern unionists have such a cockeyed view of what’s really going on down here or between Ireland and Britain.

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WorldbyStorm - August 10, 2017

+1 Wow, that world view is completely depressing. I heard stuff about Brexit and the North pre-referendum from some people based in the South which wasn’t a million miles from that as well. Equally depressing. And kind of short sighted, not merely in that instance but in terms their understanding of the complexity of the relationships and interactions on this island.

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